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David Logan has served as Dean at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI since 2003. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Dean Logan clerked for a federal judge and practiced with a major Washington, D.C. law firm, where he represented Native American tribes....



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Posted by David Logan
04/14/2011 at 11:44 AM
Fernando Bermudez was robbed of half his life, spending 18 years in prison – from age 22 to 40 – for a murder he didn’t commit. He was finally freed in November 2009, when his conviction – for killing a teenager outside a New York City nightclub – was thrown out by New York State Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo. In a scathing 79-page decision, Cataldo ruled that Bermudez’s rights had been violated due to grievous police and prosecutorial misconduct.  “It’s been a very long, bitter struggle in which at times I lost hope and even questioned my own existence as a person,” says Bermudez...
Posted by David Logan
04/05/2011 at 02:56 PM
One of the big advantages of being a Roger Williams law student is the chance to take electives from the best lawyers and judges in the state.  Previous blogs have highlighted “The Lessons of Litigation,” taught by one of the best-regarded federal judges in the country (Bruce Selya from the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit) and “9/11 Litigation,” taught by Don Migliori, the lead lawyer for many of the personal injury actions pursued by the survivors and victims of the 9/11 terrorist arracks on the World Trade Center. Two other unique litigation-oriented courses are...
Posted by David Logan
03/30/2011 at 04:25 PM
For 24 years, the Robert Cover Public Interest Retreat has been a highlight of the academic year for the law students, lawyers, and legal academics who are committed to the tough, but deeply rewarding work of public interest practice. Sponsored by SALT (the Society of American Law Teachers), this year’s program was sponsored by RWU Law and attendees from 27 law schools  sold out the all available reservations. Here is some commentary: first, from Hazel Weiser (Executive Director of SALT): Roger Williams law students, led by the charismatic Jamie Rhodes (2L), organized the Cover Retreat...
Posted by David Logan
03/25/2011 at 11:17 AM
John Meara, Amy Broderick and Professor Jon Shelburne A team of RWU Law students won the Best Brief award at the prestigious National Moot Court Competition last month in New York City. 3Ls Amy Broderick, Robert Cavanagh, and John Meara received the Harrison Tweed Award for Best Brief, while also beating teams from Kansas and John Marshall of Chicago to advance to the round of 16 before defeating the South Texas team to advance to the round of eight. Each year, more than 175 teams from 125 schools nationwide participate in this important competition RWU Law advanced, along with...
Posted by David Logan
03/21/2011 at 11:38 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, RWU Law has released a study that looks at one key form of faculty scholarly productivity – the publication of articles in top law journals.  Because of the influence of the U.S. News and World Report rankings, schools in their top 50 tend to attract the lion’s share of attention.  By focusing instead on schools outside the U.S. News top 50, we  provide objective information that shows the relative strength of other schools as research institutions.  Here are the top-rated schools as reported by a leading law blog. We rank the Top 40 Non-...
Posted by David Logan
03/16/2011 at 03:40 PM
 An annual RWU Law tradition is a trip to Washington, D.C. that includes a reception for area alumni and a group swearing-in of alums at the Supreme Court of the United States.  This year the ceremony added a wonderful new aspect: a session with Associate Justice Samuel Alito, who graciously visited us at breakfast before the swearing-in and arguments for the day. Below is a reflection on that memorable day by Peter Pascucci (‘03). Peter is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy JAG Corps, stationed at the Pentagon and serves as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations...
Posted by David Logan
03/09/2011 at 11:08 AM
The Annual Public Interest Auction was a smashing success this year.  Featured in the sleek downtown art gallery space Peerless Lofts and catered by Cuban Revolution, the auction hosted a record-breaking number of 300 guests, and was completely sold out in advance.  Among the crowd were members of the legal community, the judiciary, students, and over 40 alumni, who gathered with faculty, staff, and students to gnosh, imbibe, mingle, and bid on over 100 silent and live auction items.  The items up for auction included a box for 15 at the Paw Sox Game and the opportunity to...
Posted by David Logan
03/01/2011 at 01:00 AM
I am delighted to announce the hiring of another excellent lawyer to our faculty.  Bela August Walker comes to Roger Williams from Fordham Law School, where she has been a Visiting Assistant Professor for the past two years.  Bela has a sterling string of credentials: a cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Bela was both a Kent and a Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School, where she won the Beck Prize for excellence in Property Law.  She was selected for the Columbia Law Review, where she rose to become the Essay & Review Editor.  Bela has published three pieces...
Posted by David Logan
02/25/2011 at 02:17 PM
I am delighted to report that we have made two key additions to the Senior Administration of the School of Law: Raquel Ortiz will be the new Assistant Dean of Library and Information Services while Deborah Johnson will be on board later this month as Director of Diversity. Raquel Ortiz The Law Library is at the heart of every law school’s teaching and research mission, so adding a talented lawyer/librarian like Raquel will enable us to continue the high level of service that has been provided since our inception.  Raquel comes to us from the Pappas Law Library at Boston...
Posted by David Logan
02/23/2011 at 02:11 PM
The public is always primed for debate about the ethics of lawyers in the criminal justice system.  Champions of efficient law enforcement sometimes feel that criminal defense attorneys attuned to zealous advocacy push the envelope into outright deception.  Criminal defense attorneys vigorously dispute this claim, and observe that law enforcement officials often engage in deception, from undercover operations to interrogators assuring an unwitting suspect of the benefits of a confession.  The SOL hosted an American Bar Association  program exploring these issues featuring...